Prof Philip Booth writes for the BBC website
The issue that is being disputed is whether the arts should be funded through voluntary means or whether there should be a significant amount of funding taken from the pockets of taxpayers and then distributed by a quango.
If it is widely recognised that the arts are essential for our culture, then there should be no problem financing them from voluntary sources.
Those voluntary sources are many – the sale of tickets, donations, private subscription, corporate sponsorship, legacies and the National Lottery. The National Lottery – which is a form of voluntary tax – is the only legitimate form of state support.
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